St. Francis School Newsletter – February 1, 2019

Morning Drop Off

Please remember that students should not be dropped off before 7:55 a.m. unless they are going to Morning Care. Due to the safety of the student, they must be supervised.


Ms. Becky Payne was awarded $1,000 for the “One Classroom at a Time” award, sponsored by Continental Cement, Green America Recycling, KHQA, and Doors-N-More. She will be using the grant money to purchase more guitars for her classroom and the music program here at St. Francis. We are so proud of this exciting selection, and very appreciative of their generosity! We would also like to thank KHQA, Channel 7, and Chad Douglas for filming the presentation! We are blessed by this opportunity for our students and our school.

Lori Shepard, Principal

Service Hours

Please call the office to see how many service hours you have completed. If you have helped with a field trip or classroom party please let the office know, only playground hours are tracked in the office. 10 hours per family are to be completed by May 24th. Thanks.


To Julie Radel, who was presented with the Golden Apple Award by WGEM news reporter, Natalie Will. We were so very excited for Julie! Several second grade students, along with Mrs. Radel were interviewed. Mrs. Radel treats each one of her students with love, respect, and kindness. She is attentive to their individual needs and works to the best of her ability to make sure that all students in her class find academic and social success. She volunteers to take on extra projects, as well as writing grants for the school. Her positive attitude is commendable and her students love her! Congratulations, to a well-deserved teacher!

Troop 22 8th Grade Scouts

The scouts had to do a month long service project, attend a retreat, and spend a considerable time learning about their faith (30-40 hours) to earn this Ad Altare Dei Emblem. The medals were awarded to Spencer Arnold, Dylan Schrage, and Cole Willer at Mass this past Sunday. Congratulations!!

Bacon Fundraiser

Shane McDermott will be again offering hardwood smoked bacon for $10.00 per pound. All proceeds will be donated to the 6th grade class trip to St. Louis for Junior Achievement this coming April. If you are interested in purchasing some bacon for your family or friends, please call Shane at 242-1125. There is a limited supply, so if you are interested, you may want to get your order in early!!

Lunch / After Care

Bills for these accounts are emailed or given out each month. These are two different accounts in our system. These bills must be paid separately and not combined into one check. The office does not have any way to divide these bills. Thank you for your understanding If you need a balance, please call the school office. Bills are emailed monthly, please let the office know if you are NOT receiving an email. All balances must be paid in full by May 20th. Thank you.

WCU Catholic School Grant

Applications for this $250.00 grant are in the school office. If you would like one sent home with your student, please call and let us know. This is a wonderful opportunity for tuition help but restrictions apply.

Papa Murphy Coupon Cards

These cards are for sale in the school office if anyone is interested in purchasing one. They are $5.00 each and have 8 peel-off coupons. Thank you!


Yearbooks are for sale until March 22, 2019. Order forms are in the office. Please note, yearbooks are sold separately from picture orders. They are $12.00 each and in COLOR. They can be purchased on line through LifeTouch at YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM.

Empower Illinois

As a reminder, the reservation form is part one of the application. Beginning Friday, January 18, families will receive an email to access part two in their empowerXchange portal. Part two is when they will upload household and income documents, and complete the full application.

Box Tops

Keep sending them in. Next deadline is Feb 28th. We greatly appreciate your support!

Principal Position

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Quincy, IL, is seeking an elementary school principal for their parish school, St. Dominic School, beginning August 1, 2019. St. Dominic School provides academic excellence in a Catholic environment for 170 students in preschool through 8th grade. The ideal candidate will be a practicing, faithful Catholic who is knowledgeable and supportive of the mission and philosophy of Catholic Schools and is committed to evangelization through excellence in Catholic education.
Applicants should hold a Master’s Degree in Education with Illinois License, experience in elementary school teaching and administration.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcripts, three current letters of recommendation, and proof of Illinois Professional Educator’s License with General Administrative Endorsement to Fr. Tom Donovan, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 2223 St. Anthony Road, Quincy IL 62305 or email [email protected]

Applications must be received by March 1, 2019 to be given full consideration

Dates To Remember

February 4th: ACRE testing begins (5th and 8th Only)

February 15th: dismissal at 11:30 Teacher In-Service (full bus service)

February 18th: NO School : Presidents’ Day

February 28th: Buffalo Wild Wing night 5-8p.m. (must have flyer)